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WAVE101 ~ Lesson 10: How to Overcome Deceitful Desires (video)
Hi, this is Noel. Today Denise is going to help you overcome Deceitful Desires and I will go over the 4th and last Step in devotional Bible study--Response.
You can either read the Lesson or watch the video. To take notes either print out the Lesson, follow along in the book, or use a separate piece of paper to write out the answers to the questions below.
Desire Killer: Deceitful Desires
The Old Testament character David was clear that God was the answer for comfort. Look how many times David says "you" in Psalms 63:1-8.
Psalms 63:1-8 O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. (NIV)
David is not turning to Deceitful Desires for comfort. He is clear that the answer is not on earth. The earth is a dry and weary land.
David was receiving comfort from God. He said God's love was better than life and satisfied him just like the richest of foods. Visualize biting into the most delicious food you have ever tasted. Can you picture your reaction? Does your head go back with your eyes closed? David is saying his experience with God is like that. His soul clings to God and is comforted.
5. Rather than turning to Deceitful Desires, David received comfort

As you surface and begin following your deepest and truest Desires, be aware that you will also encounter Desires that seem to promise fulfillment but do not deliver. Instead they bury or distract us from the Desire God has given us.
The Parable of the Wolf implies that the Desire we feed will grow stronger. What Desire are you feeding? If we only go to the refrigerator, the car lot, the mall, the TV, or work we could be feeding a Deceitful Desire.
6. The Desire you feed will

Skill Time: Step 4, Response
Now, in the last step of Bible study, sit back and consider what you have surfaced and how it touches your life and listen for what God might be saying to you. God does not always have something to say, but He often does. Listen for Him.
17. Response: Ask and answer the question, "How do you

Consider how you Respond to what God is saying and write it down. This usually takes the form of a two or three sentence prayer to God.
Don't be overly ambitious in your Response. Be honest. Don't promise the moon when you know you won't be able to deliver it. This is not a sprint, it is a walk. Ask for help in making the Lessons and Challenges part of your life. If God is asking you to do something you don't want to do, don't be afraid to Respond by asking Him to help you want what He wants.
Here are a couple of passages from previous lessons. Beneath the passages, the Lessons, Challenges, and Response are listed. Take a look and see if you get a sense for how a Response is an honest communication back to God about what He is saying to you in the passage.
Psalm 28:7a The LORD is my strength and my shield.... (NASB)
Step 1: Facts ~ What do you see in the passage?

1. God is my strength.

2. God is my shield.
Step 2: Lessons ~ What can you learn from the passage?

1. What is strong about me is that God is on my side.

2. I am safe because God is on my side.
Step 3: Challenges ~ Restate each Lesson as a question that challenges you

1. Do I really believe I am strong now that God is on my side?

2. Do I really believe I am safe now that God is on my side?
Step 4: Response ~ Write out how you respond to what God is saying to you

1. Help me see You as my strength.

2. Help me be willing to take risks obeying you.
Genesis 12:1 Now the LORD said to Abram, "Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father's house, To the land which I will show you; (NASB)
Step 1: Facts ~ What do you see in the passage?

1. God told Abram to go without telling him where to go.
Step 2: Lessons ~ What can you learn from the passage?

1. Sometimes God asks us to take action without all the information.
Step 3: Challenges ~ Restate the Lesson as a question that challenges you

1. Am I willing to take action without all the information?
Step 4: Response ~ Write out how you respond to what God is saying to you

1. Help me be willing to take risks obeying you.
Watch the video or check the answers below to compare what you get with what we get from the passage.
Next time, Denise will talk about coming to terms with what you want for your life and I will go over the 1st full example of 4-Step Bible study.

If you are stuck, reply to this email and ask a question.


Fill ins

  1. From God
  2. Grow

Skill Time: Fill ins

  1. Respond to God
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The Lesson is taken from How to Read the Bible So God Speaks to You , by Drs. Noel and Denise Enete, Wave Study Bible, 2010, 293pp.
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